Cockatoo Island’s Dark History: From Convicts to Orphans Part 1

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Today, Cockatoo Island is a tourist attraction in Australia. But it wasn’t always that way. In the 1800’s people came to the island against their will. The island’s early history is as fascinating as the men, women and children who were captive there. What started as the largest desolate island in the Sydney harbor, Cockatoo Island became the dwelling place of outlaws and criminals in February of 1839. The first 60 men who came weren’t welcome in Norfolk Island or Van Diemen’s Land. Too many convicts were already being held in those locations and Britain needed a new site to house prisoners. Chosen for its proximity to Sydney and the […]

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